Reliable journalist delivers Leeds transfer update on international striker loved by Monk
By Harvey Byrne
There have been no further bids made for Middlesbrough striker Rudy Gestede from Leeds, according to a reliable journalist.
Yorkshire Evening Post writer Lee Sobot has claimed via his personal Twitter account on Monday afternoon that the Yorkshire giants have not made any further bids for the 28-year-old Benin international, who former boss Garry Monk doesn’t want to let leave.
There don't appear to have been any further bids for Rudy Gestede and sounds like Garry Monk doesn't want him to leave Boro. #lufc
— Lee Sobot (@LeeSobotYEP) August 28, 2017
Sobot’s update comes after a claim from the Yorkshire Evening Post that Leeds were prioritising a new striker before the transfer deadline and had already had a £6million bid rejected for Gestede.
However, it would now appear that the Yorkshire giants will not be pursuing the powerful frontman to replace former star Chris Wood this summer.
Gestede has played in all six of Middlesbrough’s opening matches of the 2016-17 campaign this season, scoring once and appears to be loved by manager Monk in the Boro line-up.
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He is also still under contract until 2020, meaning Leeds would likely have to break into the eight-figure mark if they did make another attempt to bring in Gestede.
Football Insider verdict:
Gestede is a talented player in what he does in terms of holding the ball up and bringing others into play. However, he is also far from the 20-goal striker that Leeds need to replace Wood. The Yorkshire giants need a front man who can put the ball into the back of the net and win matches on his own if they are to win promotion. That player however is not Gestede however and Leeds should start looking elsewhere for a consistent goalscorer before Thursday’s transfer cut-off.
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